The new Apple campus construction site, as seen from a drone

By Cody Lee on Aug 31, 2014

A new video surfaced last week, offering a great look at Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ campus construction site. If you’ll recall, Apple was given the green light by the Cupertino City Council last fall to start the project, and it appears that builders are already making serious headway.

Drone enthusiast ‘jmcminn’ uploaded the video to his YouTube channel, which was shot using a DJI Phantom 2 drone and a GoPro Hero. The clip is worth watching both from a technological standpoint (hello, it was shot with a consumer drone), and for the peek at Campus 2. Read More

 

Sapphire compared to Gorilla Glass in durability test

By Cody Lee on Aug 29, 2014

The repair experts over at uBreakiFix have posted a video comparing the durability of smartphone displays made of sapphire and Gorilla Glass. The comparison comes amidst ongoing speculation that the upcoming iPhone 6 may feature a sapphire screen.

Results from the test may surprise you, as although the sapphire display did prove to be significantly more scratch resistant than Gorilla Glass, it was also far more susceptible to impact breaks due to its stiffness and brittleness. Watch the full video below. Read More

 

iPhone 6 built from various leaked parts partially boots up on video

By Cody Lee on Aug 29, 2014

Modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk has posted a video this afternoon of what is believed to be a complete 4.7-inch iPhone 6. The firm, which has demonstrated its ability to get its hands on rare parts in the past, says it constructed the device from leaked parts.

We’ve seen a plethora of these leaked parts over the past few weeks, as Apple suppliers are presumably ramping up next-gen iPhone production ahead of next month’s event. But this is the first time we’ve ever seen the handset wholly assembled, and turned on. Read More

 

Instagram launches Hyperlapse, a smart time-lapse video app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2014

If you’re looking for a clever use of the iPhone’s gyroscope and accelerometer sensors, look no further than Hyperlapse, a new iOS app by Facebook-owned Instagram which lets you create panning and time-lapse shots, steadycam-style.

The time-lapse feature is similar to one Apple will bring to iOS devices with the release of iOS 8 in Fall.

As for the tracking shots, the software uses advanced algorithms and your iPhone’s hardware to smooth out panning shots as if you recorded video with a Steadicam or a professional $15,000 tracking rig.

And in what prove to be a killer feature for folks who loathe Instagram, Hyperlapse can be enjoyed without an Instagram or Facebook account as no signup is required to use the app.

Hyperlapse is available free in the App Store. Read More

 

Amazon has acquired Twitch for $970 million

By Jake Smith on Aug 25, 2014

Amazon has acquired Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers, both companies announced in a statement after the market close on Monday. Google’s YouTube was thought to have originally been the winning bidder, but that has changed after Amazon stepped in to close the deal. Read More

 

The best jailbreak tweaks for Touch ID

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 23, 2014

Touch ID has been at the forefront of jailbreak development since it arrived, and for good reason: it’s the flagship feature on Apple’s iPhone 5s. As a result, there are many jailbreak tweaks that seek to alter the way that Touch ID works. Some tweaks allows you to secure individual apps with Touch ID, while others allow you to authenticate logins to websites and apps using only your fingerprints.

We’ve taken the liberty to compile a list of the best jailbreak tweaks for Touch ID to hit Cydia, and we break them down for you in a brand new video walkthrough. Read More

 

Vine finally lets you upload clips from your Camera roll

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2014

Vine has announced a significant update for its iOS client today, which will add a number of new features to the popular video-sharing app. The release includes a wide range of new editing  tools, as well as the long-requested ability to upload clips from your device’s Camera Roll.

A majority of today’s changes fall within the app’s new camera section, which aims to make it faster and easier to get your Vines just the way you want them. And with new Preview and Undo buttons, you can quickly screen your last clip, and decide whether you want to keep it or not… Read More

 

Vimeo app updated with new uploading, private sharing options

By Cody Lee on Aug 15, 2014

Vimeo users will be happy to hear that the video site has rolled out a new build of its iOS client. The update brings the app to version 4.2, and it brings about new video upload and private sharing options, as well as new find and follow features.

With Vimeo 4.2 on iPhone and iPad, you can now upload videos from your device’s Camera Roll, straight to Vimeo from within the app. You can also now share videos with people you follow on Vimeo privately, so they won’t show up in your feed… Read More

 

Beats Music posts video celebrating Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ film

By Cody Lee on Aug 14, 2014

Apple’s recently acquired Beats Music has posted a new video on its YouTube channel this evening. The 22-minute-long clip is called ‘Do The Right Thing 25 Year Anniversary: A Beats Music Experience,’ and it’s a documentary that revisits the cast and location of Spike Lee’s popular film.

As the name suggests, the video celebrates the 25th anniversary of ‘Do The Right Thing,’ a 1989 film about the consequences of hate and bigotry in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. The movie was controversial, but received critical acclaim and a number of major awards… Read More

 

Apple releases video of Yaoband’s use of iPad in musical experimentation

By Timothy Reavis on Aug 12, 2014

Following yesterday’s release of two new ‘Your Verse’ stories from Apple, the Cupertino giant has made an accompanying video to one of the stories available on its YouTube channel. The clip showcases Yaoband, a China-based music band that was featured in one of the two recent iPad stories, as they demonstrate ways in which Apple’s tablet is used in their music creation process… Read More

 

Twitter announces beta test of new ‘Promoted Video’ ads

By Cody Lee on Aug 12, 2014

Twitter has announced today that it is moving forward with its ‘Promoted Video’ ad project. The site has been testing Twitter Video Cards for several months now, and the results show that Tweets containing native video generate better engagement and more video views than other types of ads.

Thus, the company made it official today, saying that it’s going to be performing a public beta test of Promoted Video on Twitter. The goal of the test is to make it easier for brands to upload and distribute video on the social network, and then of course to measure the reach and effectiveness of it all… Read More

 

Amazon Instant Video app gets new search history and quick resume features

By Cody Lee on Aug 9, 2014

Amazon posted a nice little update for its Instant Video app this weekend, bringing the client to version 2.8. The update includes a couple of new features and bug fixes that make searching for and watching content in the application much more enjoyable.

One of the new features has to do with video playback, and it enables you to quickly resume videos you’ve recently started from the app’s home screen. You can also now quickly find content you’ve previously searched for with the new search history feature… Read More

 

Apple posts new ‘Dreams’ iPhone 5s ad

By Cody Lee on Aug 2, 2014

Apple tonight posted a new iPhone 5s commercial to its YouTube channel. The ad is entitled ‘Dreams,’ and it depicts the popular handset being used to aid professionals and hobbyists in a variety of different fields.

Set to the tune of “When I Grow Up,” by Jennifer O’Connor, the spot aims to show that the iPhone can be used for a lot more than just texting and playing games. It features firefighters, healthcare workers, and more… Read More

 

Siri joins Beats Pill mascots in new ‘Apple and Beats’ spot

By Cody Lee on Aug 1, 2014

Beats Electronics posted a new video to its Twitter account this evening called ‘Apple and Beats.’ The ad appears to be a continuation of today’s celebration festivities, but oddly enough, no one in the spot actually gets to celebrate.

The clip features Beats Pill mascots Mikey and Tina, and Apple’s sassy digital assistant Siri. Apparently Dr. Dre is throwing a party to mark the Beats deal being completed, but Siri won’t give up directions because it’s by “invitation-only.” Read More